Mar 21 2013

The Book of Gommorrah, By Peter Damien and History of Clergy Sex Abuse in the Early Days of the Catholic Church: Recovered Memory Series:

As someone raised in the Catholic Church in the 1950’s and 1960’s, I am especially sensitive the extensive damage done to innocent children, adolescents and adults by Catholic clergy.

The myth defenders of the Catholic church like to spread is the sex abuse by its clergy is a modern and recent phenomenon caused mainly by homosexual priests influenced by the societal upheaval of the so called sexual revolution of the 1960’s.

Nothing can be further from the truth.
The Book of Gomorrah by Peter Damian, completed in 1051, offers clear and definitive evidence that Catholic clergy routinely were involved in the sexual abuse of children, adolescents and adults.
In his “A Very Short History Of Clergy Sexual ABuse in the Catholic Church,  Rev. Thomas Doyle, J.C.D., C.A.D.C. provides an excellent summary of historical evidence the Catholic church knew about the sexual abuse of children and others over a thousand years ago

The most dramatic and explicit condemnation of forbidden clergy sexual activity was the Book of Gomorrah of St. Peter Damian, completed in 1051.   The author had been a Benedictine monk and was appointed archbishop and later cardinal by the reigning pope.  Peter Damian was also a dedicated Church reformer who lived in a society wherein clerical decadence was not only widespread and publicly known, but generally accepted as the norm.   His work, the circumstances that prompted it and the reaction of the reigning pope (Leo IX) are a prophetic reflection of the contemporary situation. He begins by singling out superiors who, prompted by excessive and misplaced piety, fail to exclude sodomites (chap. 2).  He asserts that those given to “unclean acts” not be ordained or, if they are already ordained, be dismissed from Holy Orders (chap. 3).  He holds special contempt for those who defile men or boys who come to them for confession (chap. 6).  Likewise he condemns clerics who administer the sacrament of penance (confession) to their victims (chap. 7).  The author also provides a refutation of the canonical sources used by offending clerics to justify their proclivities (chap. 11, 12).  He also provides chapters which assess the damage done to the church by offending clerics (chap. 19, 20, 21).  His final chapter is an appeal to the reigning pope (Leo IX) to take action.

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